- Illicium is rich in antimicrobial essential oils. Tamiflu is extracted from illicium, indicating the herb’s antiviral properties. Strongly antifungal, and effective against resistant strains of MSRA in studies, and has shown to have some activity against malaria. Also used in Lyme protocols.
- Traditionally used to treat nausea, indigestion, digestive inflammation, gas, relieve colic, increase milk production in nursing mothers, increase libido.
- In Traditional Chinese Medicine, it has been used to treat prolapsed organs, treat kidney deficiency, and to bring vitality to the stomach and intestines.
- It is considered cardioprotective and neuroprotective.